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Here’s The Scoop…5 Finalists In The El Mar Project Design Contest…. Will Make A Lasting Impression In Lauderdale- By- The- Sea….

FOR THE SECOND TIME LBTS SAYS THANK YOU….A. I. STUDENTS /WINSTON MENISH/ SANDRA BOOTH…..

Winston Menish

Winston Menish

Winston Menish Instructor

M. Industrial Design, Pratt Institute

Began teaching at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1996.

Teaches: Graduate Project Research and Programming, Graduate Project Application and Defense, Structural Design, Ecology and Design, Environmental Design, Mechanical Drawing, Design Basics 3-D, Design Basics

Career: Owner of custom furniture design business; designed a convention center in Memphis, TN., worked with architects, interior designers and engineer in various aspect of the building business; designed and built full wall units including dressers, desks, and entertainment centers; and participant in automotive design competition with four, original car models each taking 1,000 hours to build.

“Teaching design is uniquely satisfying; it requires one to stay up-dated in all areas of design. Listening to students, guiding them through their education experience, and keeping them excited and motivated is extremely rewarding. I chose The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale because of the high standards it maintains and I admire the policy of making every effort to potentially place graduates in design positions. The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale will give students what they need to become a successful designer. The teachers are qualified, devoted and helpful – your part is to work hard and stay focused.”

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http://www.aifl.info/industrialdesign/faculty.php?name=winston_menish

WE HAVE 5 FINALISTS….

With the guidance once again of their highly regarded  Instructor Winston Menish…Lauderdale- By- The- Sea has been the recipient of …”What young minds can come up with”…as Master Plan Steering Committee Chair Paul Novak said as he introduced the 2nd major redevelopment project to grace our seaside village from these “amazing” students from the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute…

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Sandra Booth on the right at 2009 Taste of the Beach…

LBTS resident “extraordinaire” MPSC Vice- Chair Sandra Booth was responsible for making it all happen……. Ms. Booth “struck gold” with her first endeavor of bringing the school and the town together with the success of our newly constructed beach pavilion…ready for its ribbon cutting on April 6, 2009…She has made this successful partnership come together for a second time with results that will truly add so much to the aesthetics of our little piece of paradise…..providing unique individualized medians of art from one end of El Mar Drive to the other…thus making one of the “jewels” of our town…more than just a “scenic highway”…It will be an experience for both those lucky enough to live here and those who will travel here wanting quickly to return… ….Recognition for her role is a must!

The 3/16/09 MPSC  meeting was a showstopper with the students “pulling off” their creations in only a  few short weeks…making for some hard decisions to be made from the 6 board members left with choosing the final 5 for the Commissioners to see on March 24th …if that agenda now closed can be accommodating….to give them the opportunity to present their work in person……providing not only 3 winners but coinciding with the end of their semester which ends the day before…This is their big class project….that determines their grade….

The MPSC will also need approval of funds from the Commission to award the  1st/2nd & 3rd place winners a cash reward…to help them continue on their chosen path in school and career…

The Class was Win Menish’s Structural Design  course IDD3300C…

The students…enrolled….

Tabriz Ahmadli/Jose Arimany/Oscar Berges/Omar Blanco/Michael Evans/Reba Evans/ Maria Galindo/ Elias Halabi/ Curtis Hungness/ Jeriemiah Johnson/ Cherman Kabegov/ Brett Klee/ Magalie Laurent/ Rhodes Louis/ Jeffrey Oliver/ Natalia Otalora/ Carlos Plaza/ Henry Roa/ Alberto Roman/ Mike Romero/ Daniel Salgado/ Javier Sanchez/ Isabel Serna/ Wendy Thulan/ Clint Wimmer

Instructor Menish spoke before we had an opportunity to see each student’s submission….He spoke of the growing excitement seen in these young people who had opinions about everything that goes on in our town and how he saw their honest reactions in wanting to participate in this assignment…which was no “ordinary” assignment in structural design. As the students walked El Mar after lunch at the Aruba Beach Cafe’  a few weeks back…he could see they wanted to do this….

Paul Novak added that he had seen 8 students hours later after the meeting still in town…speaking to residents and fully invested in getting to know the lay of land they were to transform…

Sandra Booth said that she and Paul gave the students feedback when they returned to their classroom for a second visit the previous Monday…asking for more color enhancement in their presentations…and the students responded working feverishly all the way up until noon this very day… delivering their multiple renderings to Paul’s High Noon Hotel for the showing this evening…

The Renderings were lined up throughout Jarvis Hall…various views…elevations…perspectives…and scale…Those in attendance were not only treated to their visions…but what their thought process was through the notes taken in process from each student courtesy of Vice Chair Booth ….The technical and creative aspects were explained by Instructor Menish and we had the added surprise of hearing from  2 of the students in attendance to present their own entries!…

The 5 finalists came from each member of the MPSC after the walk around…as they revisited the projects independently…They returned to the table and made their choices…in no particular order…and using no names….Paul tallied up the numbers and the top 5 were named by number…to present to the Commission…

Here they are….(no names to abide by the MPSC decision to refrain from names at this point in the contest)…

No particular order….using the numbers assigned to them for the judges to choose from….

#1- Was a beauty that could have been placed as works of art all on its own….with great care taken to show the uniqueness of each median design in 4 renderings…adding foliage that includes Royal and Majesty Palm trees the student thought was keeping with her impressions of LBTS…Included were a continuous lap  running track with specialized track materials, a concrete and redwood gazebo, a wishing well, a series of arches that include colored lighting, “misters” for hot days that can be coin operated, a low hedged dog labyrinth- miniature dog park, with doggy bags and receptacles, a 3 roofed staggered seating area for shelter that goes east to west, cinderblock…”a concert of movement” said the student presenter with palms and flowers throughout…turtle lighting of course…

#13- Offered 6 renderings described as pedestrian friendly with picnic area, exercise area including elypticals and bikes,water features,swings,and beautiful wooden pergolas, arches…6 different areas with twin fountains and a children’s area as well turtle lighting low level lighting and a notebook of inclusions found that can be incorporated within …

#8- This student really looked at his design from all angles….including from the hi-tech world of Google “earth”….He offers 6 renderings  distinct and named  “Islands”…Concha Island/Shark Island/Flounder Island/ Pelican Island/ Sailboat Island and Grouper Island….In attendance to show his fine work he spoke of the possibility of “googling” and seeing exactly which median you are at!…Each distinctive median will have gazebos that reflect the name of the island…incorporating mile markers, etched street names to coordinate with the locations…fountains,trees, shade, recessed lighting, canopies…all to provide a unique overall theme with entrances mosaics, done in asymmetrical views…

#17- Placed on a table of their own…these 2 students joined a partnership to offer up the only model of the evening…a what a model it was…6 “medians”…all labor intensive in their detail to foliage, seating, flat archways,the colored brick meandering pathways, that included a Koi pond and shell seating area, that the designer has sent word are indeed available  for real life application, lighting requirements were adhered to as well…As an aside we were told this one came from loving hands left very sore in the process!….

#16- Contained within 2 renderings was a dolphin statue ,water features,turtle lighting ,a half dome made with glass, a small gazebo, fountains, an exercise area , and pet area including all that was asked for by the committee…

Now it comes down to the Commission….and what stands out to them. Their “vision” for El Mar Drive…to begin at the south end  ( south of Commercial as demanded in the escrow agreement) with the Oriana million…and to then proceed with heading north to make this project a true one- of- a- kind focal point for the Town of Lauderdale- By- The- Sea!…

KUDOS- all around!….

more to come….




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